Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Hurricane Agatha is the first tropical system to develop into a hurricane this year. The Category 2 system is located in the Eastern Pacific and is set to make landfall within the next several hours.
According to the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), the center of Hurricane Agatha, which is currently located 90 kms south-southwest of Puerto Escondido, continues to approach the coast of Oaxaca.
As the system passes over land, “extraordinary torrential rains are forecast for Oaxaca, with intense punctual rains in Chiapas, Tabasco, Guerrero and Veracruz. Heavy to very heavy rains are also expected in Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.”
Wind gusts of 120 to 150 km/h and waves of 6 to 8 meters high are expected along the coast of Oaxaca, while gusts of 80 to 100 km/h and waves of 4 to 6 meters high are likely for the coast of Guerrero and Chiapas.
According to the National Hurricane Center, a large and complex area of low pressure is expected to develop across Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula and the southwest Gulf of Mexico in a few days, partially related to the remnants of Hurricane Agatha from the eastern Pacific.
Agatha is the first hurricane for the 2022 season, and one of the earliest ever to develop in the Pacific.